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Microsoft Launches Throwaway Hotmail Addresses

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

Never have to create a dud email account again.

We all have at least one spammy email account that we use to register for forums, sign up for newsletters and post comments on various different websites. You’d never dream of polluting your “real” email address with all that junk, so it’s just easier to have a decoy for all the less important stuff.

Microsoft knows we do this and now Redmond wants to help us. Hotmail is getting a new feature that allows “email enthusiasts” to create multiple email addresses that can be managed from their every day email inbox. No logging in and out of five different accounts -- you can do it all from your main inbox. Right now, Microsoft is limiting the number of alias accounts a user can add to five per year.

“[...] there are times when you simply don’t want to give out any part of your real email address – that’s where our new alias feature helps you out,” writes Microsoft’s Dharmesh Mehta. “Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is.”

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    Be0wulf22 , February 4, 2011 8:47 PM
    The point of having a 'spam' email account is so the spam DOESN'T come into our primary email!
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    Be0wulf22 , February 4, 2011 8:47 PM
    The point of having a 'spam' email account is so the spam DOESN'T come into our primary email!
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    quovatis , February 4, 2011 8:48 PM
    Gmail has forwarding. Microsoft can finally match it.
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    hellwig , February 4, 2011 8:56 PM
    About time someone came up with this. I just can't bring myself to use hotmail, though, not after it was so crappy for so many years.

    I remember when Yahoo let you add a second address to your account; it was maybe 5 years ago. Still, it wasn't a temporary address thing, more a realization on Yahoo!'s part that people didn't want to be stuck using "hotlips11345553" as their email address forever. It would definitely be cool if Yahoo rolled-this feature out, but considering there's no IMAP access and POP3 requires a $15/year upgrade, I doubt they're going to jump right on this.
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    jsheridan , February 4, 2011 9:17 PM
    wouldn't it be easier just to come up with better spam or junk filters so we don't get the emails in the first place?
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    gnookergi , February 4, 2011 9:22 PM
    quovatisGmail has forwarding. Microsoft can finally match it.

    Lmao, don't you know what Microsoft Outlook is?
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    andy5174 , February 4, 2011 9:39 PM
    Be0wulf22The point of having a 'spam' email account is so the spam DOESN'T come into our primary email!


    Quote:
    wouldn't it be easier just to come up with better spam or junk filters so we don't get the emails in the first place?


    “Email aliases let you create completely different email addresses that you can use to receive email into your primary account without anyone knowing what your primary email address is.”
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    lawson raider , February 4, 2011 9:40 PM
    GotoMyTrashBin@hotmail.com LOL
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    jhansonxi , February 4, 2011 9:49 PM
    If I filled out a web form that required an email address, and I had no intention to ever look at emails from the site, I've always grabbed some random hotmail address and entered that instead. :D 
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    rhino13 , February 4, 2011 9:52 PM
    What is this? Microsoft becoming relevent again?
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    eklipz330 , February 4, 2011 10:04 PM
    rhino13What is this? Microsoft becoming relevent again?

    wow what kinda fanboy response is that? aside from the kin, they've been releasing some pretty decent stuff the past few years

    but hotmail makes them relevant? smfh
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    Anonymous , February 4, 2011 10:19 PM
    10minutemail.com already exists and it works quite well
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    Ciuy , February 4, 2011 11:16 PM
    LOl 10minuteemail.com is COOL. Thanks guys :) 
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    bavman , February 4, 2011 11:36 PM
    This is brilliant, never heard of 10minuteemail.com before though.
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    delta7 , February 5, 2011 12:20 AM
    About time someone did this? I've had this on my yahoo account for about 6 or 7 years. Its called Address Guard. I can set up as many as I want, and I can set incoming mail from these addresses to be sent to separate inbox folders and each email has its own color flag on the messages. I haven't given out my original email address to hardly anyone for years. For all the things that Yahoo screwed up,their web mail is the best in my opinion. I've tried others but I've stuck with yahoo.
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    randomizer , February 5, 2011 12:46 AM
    I've done this with forwarding already. It's not rocket science.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2011 1:06 AM
    E-mail aliasing has been around for over a decade, if not since e-mail was invented. Verizon has offered the service since dial-up days. The problem with using an alias is that the messages still go into your primary account mailbox. You can setup a filter in your client to move messages to various folders based on address, but that is still undesirable for a lot of people.

    Also, if you reply to any message sent to an alias, your primary e-mail account will be exposed. Aliases are not real accounts, and therefore cannot authenticate for outgoing mail.

    All in all it is better to just create a junk account on a different network that you can just forget about (besides checking it once a month to prevent deactivation.)
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    wildwell , February 5, 2011 2:00 AM
    Be0wulf22The point of having a 'spam' email account is so the spam DOESN'T come into our primary email!

    DITTO!
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    alidan , February 5, 2011 5:54 AM
    what i want is this.

    i have a primary email address, i want a secondary, and i want the email addresses to be theathered, such as, i have one email for work, one for friends, one for family. they all go to the same email box.
    my work would be, mynamesomeway@email.com
    my friends would be, imtosexytoleavethehouse@email.com
    and my family would be, somethingunoffensive@email.com

    and when i click reply to any of them, it gets sent as the email address they came from. taking out the hassle of dealing with logging into each one separately to respond.
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    kronos_cornelius , February 5, 2011 7:35 AM
    I never get spam on Gmail. I am promiscuous with my email. I remember using spam email way back. But I don't find the use for it now.

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    joshyboy82 , February 5, 2011 10:06 AM
    and then you don't get email on your phone, because it logs you into one account, but you have to use that account to manage your other account.
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